Skip to content

Simmonds leaves Czech team as fans arrested for racist chants

Nov 14, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

simmondsgetty Getty Images

Wayne Simmonds‘ time in Europe has come to an abrupt end.

On Wednesday, Czech Extraliga club Liberec announced Simmonds and St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart had left the team — departures that, related or not, coincided with the arrest of eight fans alleged to have made racial taunts towards Simmonds during a Oct. 28 game between Liberec and Chomutov.

News of Stewart leaving the club actually broke yesterday, when it was announced he’d be rejoining German league team Crimmitschau, which he left in October to join to Liberec.

Simmonds’ departure seemed to catch the Czech club by surprise. That’s the impression one gets from a statement released by Liberec GM Ctibora Jecha (WARNING: Sketchy Google translate ahead.)

The end of the engagement Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart, we did not expect. Their course of action was very substandard and also in view of the fact that both had an interview a few days ago with a new head coach Philip Pesanem with which discussed the current situation and their future with the White Tigers.

We also meet their wishes not to go with us to match European Trophy in Bern, with regard to new negotiations in the NHL. This unilateral decision by the two players, came at a time when the whole production team traveled to Switzerland for a game with the players, there was no negotiation or consultation. Their decision was communicated to us by telephone through an agent…

…The player [Simmonds] told us that is some serious family reasons forced to immediately return home to Canada, and thus end their engagement in Liberec.

In the case of the continuation of the NHL lockout is not excluded by Simmonds return to Liberec in the Czech Republic has ever had a valid contract. This option but does not seem too likely.

As for the eight Chomutov fans facing trial for “misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defamation,” here’s Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy:

They face a hearing on Jan. 9, 2013, in Chomutov District Court and could be sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison.

The Czech site [iDNES.cz] reports that the rowdy fans calls themselves the “Black Commandos”, attending games in a black hooded sweatshirt and scarf, imbibing a considerable amount of booze before games.

(One of the accused fans, Radek Pribyl, said he had 10 beers and two shots but was only “mildly drunk” because he’s “trained” for that level of consumption.)

Some of the fans claim they joined the “monkey” chants but didn’t start them; others claim they didn’t join them at all.

It should be noted that, last week, Simmonds told Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika he didn’t plan on letting the racist taunts affect him.

“I’ve enjoyed myself since I’ve been in Europe, and I intend to keep enjoying myself,” he explained. “That’s definitely not going to keep me down. I can tell you that.”

UPDATE: For more context on the situation, here’s Cotsonika…

Related

Czech club fined for fans’ racist taunts toward Simmonds

Blues’ Stewart leaves Czech team, heads back to Germany

Latest Posts
  1. Poile: Preds hoped Franson trade ‘would work out better’

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    “It wasn’t a perfect fit, to be honest.”

  2. Malkin, Tarasenko to play for Russia at Worlds

    Apr 28, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

    Evgeni Malkin Getty Images

    Though the former will be on the limp.

  3. Wings’ Kronwall has hearing today for hit on Kucherov

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT

    Niklas Kronwall Getty Images

    Occurred late in the second period on Monday night.

  4. Fisher, Ribeiro express desire to remain with Preds

    Apr 28, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

    Mike Fisher Getty Images

    Both are unrestricted free agents this summer.

  5. PHT Morning Skate: Paul Pierce chirps the Islanders

    Apr 28, 2015, 8:07 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 7.57.34 AM

    Tuesday’s collection of links.

  6. Tavares struggles to believe ‘it’s really over’ for Isles

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:04 AM EDT

    John Tavares AP

    It’s also tough to say what happens next.

  7. Video: Breaking down Kuznetsov’s series-clincher for Caps

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:16 PM EDT

    Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Orpik Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Orpik

    Barry Trotz says he has the joy of a kid and the maturity of a man.

  8. Not done yet: Lightning earn Game 7 against Red Wings

    Apr 27, 2015, 9:55 PM EDT

    Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat AP

    Some great individual performances propel Tampa Bay.

  9. Milbury throws out rules, much like the NHL

    Apr 27, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT

    Mike Milbury

    Game 7 is one of those “let them play” games.

  10. WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action

    Apr 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

    Nicklas Backstrom, Johnny Boychuk , Thomas Hickey, Marcus Johansson AP

    One Game 7 and one team hoping to force another.

  11. Blues owner ‘disappointed and frustrated,’ but not ready to ‘throw people under the bus’

    Apr 27, 2015, 5:28 PM EDT

    2012 NHL Entry Draft - Rounds 2-7 Getty Images

    Tom Stillman did say “I’m sure there’ll be changes” following another first-round playoff defeat.

Featured video

Price brilliant for Habs
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. Z. Kassian (2317)
  2. S. Weber (2054)
  3. A. Burrows (1956)
  4. M. Giordano (1873)
  5. M. Zuccarello (1857)
  1. K. Letang (1630)
  2. C. Price (1622)
  3. D. Carcillo (1586)
  4. L. Bouma (1497)
  5. K. Klein (1447)